Filipino-American guitarist/composer Karl Evangelista ranks among a new wave of creative musicians grounded in jazz, 20th century experimentalism, and popular song, exploring the place of multiculturalism and ethnic co-existence in an increasingly post-cultural, trans-idiomatic cultural space. Evangelista’s music has been called “essential current-and-future listening,” a “near-seamless blend of modern jazz, contemporary structuralist composition, indie rock, and blues rock” (Tiny Mix Tapes). This complex, powerful aesthetic fosters an “otherworldly experience” that is “completely original” (Eugene Weekly).
UPCOMING MONSTER MUSIC SHOWS
SOUTHERN CA SHOWS + NEW FREQUENCIES FESTIVAL (2015)
January 31, Santa Barbara, CA, 8pm, *Santa Barbara Debut* w/Freepop (at The Piano Kitchen, 430 Rose Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA)
February 1, Los Angeles, CA, 7pm, Open Gate Series (at Open Gate Theatre, Eagle Rock Center for the Arts, 2225 Colorado Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA)
February 7, San Francisco, CA, 3pm, New Frequencies Festival (at Youth Arts Lounge, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA)
$15 admission (TICKETS)
Grex takes its music on the road for their Santa Barbara debut and a special show at the venerable Open Gate Theatre at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts (in LA).
Afterward, Grex plays a special set as part of pianist Myra Melford''s New Frequencies Festival at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Sharing the bill will be Roger Kim's melodic, contemplative Elliott Smith Hour. Also featuring on the festival: multi-instrumentalist/composer Henry Threadgill, Angelique Kidjo, Matana Roberts, Melford (in a trio with bassist Joelle Leandre and flutist Nicole Mitchell), and others.
ANNOUNCING: GREX - MONSTER MUSIC TOUR
In summer 2014, Grex will bring their new album Monster Music to audiences abroad, joined by some of the nation's most daring musicians.
This tour will be the first opportunity to hear this unheralded, highly original music outside of the Bay Area. Dates below:
August 4, Sacramento, CA, 7:30pm at Luna's Cafe (Nebraska Mondays, w/Luis Clifford Childers
August 5, Sacramento, CA, 8pm at The Witch Room (w/Practice, The Lurk)
August 6, Sacramento, CA, (Grex at 10pm), Live Broadcast on v103, at Marilyn's on K (w/Devon Galley, Ken Koenig)
August 7, Portland, OR, 9pm, at Slabtown (w/U SCO, The Sarcastic Dharma Society, Drunk Dads)
August 8, Seattle, WA, 8pm, at The Woodshed (w/Insistent Caterpillars, Honey Noble)
August 10, Seattle, WA, 7:30pm, at Cafe Racer (at Racer Sessions)
August 15, Long Beach, CA, 8pm, 4th Street Vine (w/Don't Trip)
August 16, Los Angeles, CA, 8:30pm, at Curve Line Space (w/Dead Air Trio feat. Joe Berardi)
Past Tour Shows
July 13, Philadelphia / July 14, Arlington / July 16, Washington, DC / July 19, Brooklyn / July 20, Cambridge / July 21, NYC / July 23, Brooklyn / July 25, NYC
4/21/14 NEW GREX ALBUM RELEASED!!
New 10 track album by Karl's trio GREX - available on LP, CD, & digital download
The DEBUT album of Grex's trio configuration and the first release on BRUX Records - Cutting-edge Art Rock/Free Jazz
NOW AVAILABLE ON LP & CD AND FOR DIGITAL DOWNLOAD at grex.bandcamp.com
Monster Music is Grex's debut trio album and the group's first release in a dual digital/LP format. This incomparably creative, dynamic document is the first to capture the band's current brand of free jazz-inflected pop/rock.
Track Listing: Toy Time, Christmas Song, Romancing Stone, Mole Cricket, Love Song, Hurdles, Up Popped the Snake, Guinea (Don Cherry), Friday, Little Wicka Big Feet
SELECTED UPCOMING SHOWS:
April 27, 2014, 7pm Bob LaDue's Denny Denny Breakfast/Dominique Leone (Duende, Oakland, CA)
May 11, 2014, 8pm Duet w/Lewis Jordan (Berkeley Arts, Oakland, CA)
May 17, 2014, 9pm Michael Coleman Quartet (Studio Grand, Oakland, CA)
May 18, 2014, 7:30pm Revenant Quartet (SIMM Series, San Franciscoa, CA)
May 21, 2014, 8pm GREX w/IMAGES: THE MUSIC OF SUN RA & DAPPLEGRAY (El Rio, San Francisco, CA)
10/16/13 UPCOMING EVENTS
Important Bay Area show announcement:
10/23/13, Sing Out!: Song, Improvisation, and Unpredictability, Grex w/Fred Frith, Dominique Leone @ SF Knockout
10/25/13, Taglish at APAture '13 (SUB/Mission Gallery).
New Grex album Monster Music to be completed in November! Watch this space for further details.
8/7/15 GREX SUMMER EAST COAST TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED: SEE GREX WEBSITE FOR DETAILS
Grex (KE-guitar/vox, Rei Scampavia-keys/vox, Robert Lopez-drums) mounts its first ever tour of East Coast locales:
August 23 (Philadelphia, PA) @ Fire Museum Presents
August 24 (Silver Spring, MD) @ Sonic Circuits Festival
August 25 (New York, NY) @ ABC No Rio
August 26 (Arlington, VA) @ Galaxy Hut
August 28 (Brooklyn, NY) @ Goodbye Blue Monday
August 29 (Cambridge, MA) @ Outpost 186
August 30 (Brooklyn, NY) @ Panoply
August 31 (Hamden, CT) @ The Outer Space
September 1 (Brooklyn, NY) @ Launchpad
5/22/13 Upcoming: Song & Dance Trio (Evangelista/Jordan Glenn/Cory Wright) Returns, Grex East Coast Tour, New Grex Album
4/23/13 Taglish is now posted in the audio/video section!
TAGLISH: New Album from Karl Evangelista/Grex Taglish is a new work from Bay Area guitarist/composer Karl Evangelista and art rock outfit Grex--an album of original Filipino-American music that is staggering in scope and strangeness.
Inspired by Evangelista's family experiences, Taglish is an exploration of the multifaceted nature of both contemporary music and 21st century immigrant culture. The project synthesizes jazz, American song, 20th century experimentalism, and Filipino folk melody into a sound that is at once universal and starkly personal. Centered around Evangelista's duo Grex and featuring trailblazing saxophonist/Asian Improv aRts cofounder Francis Wong, renowned electric bassist/multi-instrumentalist John-Carlos Perea, and Bay Area drumming dynamo Jordan Glenn, Taglish is a genuinely multicultural, trans-idiomatic work.
Taglish is available for order HERE
(frontpage art by Katerina Evangelista)